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[image]Star Clusters Found in the Milky Way - NASA/JPL-Caltech/E. Mercer (Boston University)
A metropolis of stellar activity is captured in these images taken by the Galactic Legacy Infrared Mid-Plane Survey Extraordinaire (GLIMPSE) Legacy project. The panoramic image composite (top) captures 8 degrees of our Milky Way galaxy's plane (approximately the width of a fist held up to the sky at arm's length). The red dust clouds have been illuminated by nearby star formation, and indicate the presence of large organic molecules mixed in with the dust...
Keywords: What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC); Where -- Milky Way Galaxy; Where -- Boston
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[movies]Model Dust Ring - NASA/JPL-Caltech/E. Holmes (NRC/JPL)
A 12-second animation shows how ansae are created, by taking a model dust ring and tilting it from a face-on orientation to edge-on.
Downloads: 25
[movies]Making a Great Observatories Composite - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
This video shows how a Hubble image and a Spitzer image of the Orion Nebula were combined to create a new, multi-wavelength image. Hubble ultraviolet and visible-light data are mapped to blue and green. Spitzer infrared data are mapped to orange and red. The combined image comes alive with new colors.
Keywords: What -- Orion; What -- Visible Light
Downloads: 20
[movies]Spitzer's Second Anniversary - NASA/JPL-Caltech
This video looks at the remarkable first two years of the Spitzer mission, which launched on August 25, 2003.
Downloads: 14
[movies]Video biography of Professor Lyman Spitzer, Jr. - NASA/JPL-Caltech
Professor Lyman Spitzer, Jr. was a true Renaissance man, a perfectionist who excelled at anything he tried. This 5-minute video testifies to his life and influence.
Downloads: 29
[movies]Icy Dawn of a Newborn Star - C. Dullemond (Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg), K. Pontoppidan (Leiden Observatory)
In this animation, we observe what a young star with a circumstellar disc would look like when viewed from different angles. In the first view, the system is tilted in such a way that we look almost straight down on the star. From this angle, light from the star swamps the fainter disc, denying us any information about the dust and gas in its inner, planet-forming region. As our line of sight switches to view the disc edge-on, the star is completely blocked by the dust in the outer region of the...
Keywords: What -- Sun; What -- Dawn
Downloads: 62
[movies]Spitzer Discovers Hidden Ring - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC-Caltech)
This animation transitions from a visible light image of the planetary nebula called NGC 246 to Spitzer's new infrared view. The movie highlights Spitzer's ability to see the invisible; as the movie dissolves to the Spitzer image, a giant ring (red) emerges. This clumpy ring consists of material that was expelled from the aging star at the center of the nebula. Planetary nebulas are clouds of gas and dust that surround dying stars...
Keywords: What -- Visible Light; What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC); What -- Sun
Downloads: 62
[movies]Forming a Planetary Gap - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC-Caltech)
Astronomers are using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope to probe the structures of circumstellar discs, the dusty discs that surround young stars, to look for the earliest signs of the formation of planetary systems. Examining young stars in the constellation of Taurus known to have such discs, Spitzer's ultra-sensitive infrared spectrograph instrument has detected the clearest evidence to date that an inner gap has formed in the disc surrounding the star CoKu Tau 4...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Constellation; What -- Taurus; What -- Infrared Spectrograph (IRS); What -- Advanced Communication Technology Satellite (ACTS)
Downloads: 43
[movies]Space Eyes See Comet Tempel 1 - NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)
This artist's concept of Tempel 1 illustrates the comet's shape, reflectivity, rotation rate and surface temperature, based on information from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer Space Telescope. Measurements from the Great Observatories indicate that the comet is a matte black object roughly 14 by 4 kilometers (8.7 by 2.5 miles), or about one-half the size of Manhattan. It rotates about once every 41 hours...
Keywords: What -- COMETS; What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST); What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Sun
Downloads: 62
[movies]Birth of an Unusual Planetary System - NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)
This artist's animation shows a brown dwarf surrounded by a swirling disk of planet-building dust. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope spotted such a disc around a surprisingly low-mass brown dwarf, or "failed star." The brown dwarf, called OTS 44, is only 15 times the size of Jupiter, making it the smallest brown dwarf known to host a planet-forming, or protoplanetary disk. Astronomers believe that this unusual system will eventually spawn planets...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- OTS; What -- Jupiter; What -- Earth
Downloads: 107
[movies]The Launch of Spitzer - NASA/JPL-Caltech
Spitzer is portrayed here first in visible light, then against the same background in the infrared.
Keywords: What -- Visible Light
Downloads: 21
[movies]Missing Host Galaxies Found in Infrared - NASA/JPL-Caltech/StScI
In a collaborative effort between NASA's three Great Observatories, astronomers have solved a cosmic mystery by identifying some of the oldest and most distant black holes. This animation fades between images taken by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer Space Telescope in the field known as the Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey, or GOODS. In the first picture, observations from Chandra show high-energy emissions believed to trace the presence of supermassiv...
Keywords: What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST); What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- TRACE; What -- Visible Light
Downloads: 49
[image]Planet X: New Member of our Solar System - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC/Caltech)
This artist's concept shows the planet catalogued as 2003UB313 at the lonely outer fringes of our solar system. Our Sun can be seen in the distance. The new planet, which is yet to be formally named, is at least as big as Pluto and about three times farther away from the Sun than Pluto. It is very cold and dark. The planet was discovered by the Samuel Oschin Telescope at the Palomar Observatory near San Diego, Calif., on Jan...
Keywords: What -- Sun; What -- Pluto
Downloads: 21
[image]Infrared Blastoff - NASA/JPL-Caltech
Still frame from an infrared video of the launch of Spitzer (then known as SIRTF, the Space Infrared Telescope Facility).
Keywords: What -- SIRTF; What -- Space Infrared Telescope Facility
Downloads: 5
[image]Infrared Blastoff - NASA/JPL-Caltech
Still frame from an infrared video of the launch of Spitzer (then known as SIRTF, the Space Infrared Telescope Facility).
Keywords: What -- SIRTF; What -- Space Infrared Telescope Facility
Downloads: 5
[image]Size Comparisons - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
The artist's rendition shows the newly discovered planet-like object, dubbed "Sedna," in relation to other bodies in the Solar System, including Earth and its Moon; Pluto; and Quaoar, a planetoid beyond Pluto that was until now the largest known object beyond Pluto. The diameter of Sedna is slightly smaller than Pluto's but likely somewhat larger than Quaoar.
Keywords: What -- Sedna; What -- Earth; What -- Moon; What -- Pluto; What -- Quaoar
Downloads: 7
[image]Young Stars Emerge from Orion's Head - NASA/JPL-Caltech/D. Barrado y Navascu‘¯_s (LAEFF-INTA)
This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows infant stars "hatching" in the head of the hunter constellation, Orion. Astronomers suspect that shockwaves from a supernova explosion in Orion's head, nearly three million years ago, may have initiated this newfound birth. The region featured in this Spitzer image is called Barnard 30. It is located approximately 1,300 light-years away and sits on the right side of Orion's head, just north of the massive star Lambda Orionis...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Constellation; What -- Orion; What -- Earth; What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
Downloads: 3
[image]Highway to the Danger Zone - NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)
"The further on the edge, the hotter the intensity," sings Kenny Loggins in "Danger Zone," a song made famous by the movie "Top Gun". The same words ring true for young, cooler stars like our sun that live in the danger zones around scorching hot stars, called O-stars. The closer a young, maverick star happens to be to a super hot O-star, the more likely its burgeoning planets will be blasted into space...
Keywords: What -- Sun; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope
Downloads: 18
[image]Cassiopeia A: Death Becomes Her - NASA/JPL-Caltech/O. Krause (Steward Observatory)
This stunning false-color picture shows off the many sides of the supernova remnant Cassiopeia A. It is made up of images taken by three of NASA's Great Observatories, using three different wavebands of light. Infrared data from the Spitzer Space Telescope are colored red; visible data from the Hubble Space Telescope are yellow; and X-ray data from the Chandra X-ray Observatory are green and blue. Located 10,000 light-years away in the northern constellation Cassiopeia, Cassiopeia A is the remna...
Keywords: What -- Cassiopeia; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST); What -- Constellation; Where -- Milky Way Galaxy
Downloads: 13
[image]Exotic World Blisters Under the Sun - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
This artist's concept shows a Jupiter-like planet soaking up the scorching rays of its nearby "sun." NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope used its heat-seeking infrared eyes to figure out that a gas-giant planet like the one depicted here is two-faced, with one side perpetually in the cold dark, and the other forever blistering under the heat of its star. The illustration portrays how the planet would appear to infrared eyes, showing temperature variations across its surface...
Keywords: What -- Jupiter; What -- Sun; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Constellation; What -- Andromeda; What -- Mercury; What -- FAST; What -- Moon; What -- Earth
Downloads: 10
[image]Infrared View of Spitzer - NASA/JPL-Caltech
Spitzer seen against the infrared sky. The band of light is the glowing dust emission from the Milky Way galaxy seen at 100 microns (as seen by the IRAS/COBE missions). The cloud complexes around Orion and the disk of the Milky Way are seen behind the observatory.
Keywords: What -- Orion; Where -- Milky Way Galaxy
Downloads: 5
[image]Story of Stellar Birth - NASA/JPL-Caltech/S. Carey and J. Ingalls (SSC/Caltech)
This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveals the complex life cycle of young stars, from their dust-shrouded beginnings to their stellar debuts. The stellar nursery was spotted in a cosmic cloud sitting 21,000 light-years away in the Cepheus constellation. A star is born when a dense patch gas and dust collapses inside a cosmic cloud. In the first million years of a star's life, it is hidden from visible-light view by the cloud that created it...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Cepheus; What -- Constellation; What -- Visible Light; What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC); What -- Earth; What -- Infrared Spectrometer; What -- Spectrometer; What -- Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
Downloads: 10
[image]Jupiter-Family Comets - NASA/JPL-Caltech/W. Reach (Caltech)
These images of the Jupiter-family comets Johnson (top) and Shoemaker-Levy 3 (bottom) were both taken with Spitzer's multiband imaging photometer (MIPS) at a wavelength of 24 microns. The fan-shaped region that stretches upward from Johnson's nucleus (yellow ball in the middle) represents the dust "tail" of the comet. Dust tails are created when small particles from a comet are swept backward by the Sun's radiation pressure...
Keywords: What -- Jupiter; What -- COMETS; What -- MIPS; What -- TRACE; What -- Visible Light
Downloads: 11
[movies]Galactic Fossil Revealed in Infrared Light - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC-Caltech)
This animation demonstrates the power of infrared light to see what visible light cannot -- a newfound bundle of stars called a globular cluster. The movie shifts from a visible-light image to a near-infrared image to a new mid-infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The visible-light image is from the California Institute of Technology's Digitized Sky Survey and the near-infrared image is from the NASA-funded Two Micron All-Sky Survey (2MASS)...
Keywords: What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC); What -- Visible Light; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Earth; What -- Constellation; What -- Aquila; Where -- California; Where -- Wyoming
Downloads: 61
[movies]Trifid's Shifting Sides - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC-Caltech)
This movie shifts from the well-known visible-light picture of the glowing Trifid Nebula to infrared views from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The Trifid Nebula is a giant star-forming cloud of gas and dust located 5,400 light-years away in the constellation Sagittarius. The false-color Spitzer images reveal a different side of the Trifid Nebula. Where dark lanes of dust are visible trisecting the nebula in the visible-light picture, bright regions of star-forming activity are seen in the Spitz...
Keywords: What -- Visible Light; What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC); What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Constellation; What -- Sagittarius; Where -- Spain
Downloads: 37
[movies]Star Formation in the DR21 Region - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC-Caltech)
Observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveal a turbulent nest of giant newborn stars too shrouded in dust to be seen with visible light. This movie highlights this stellar nursery, called DR21, and illustrates what a human eye might see if it could be re-tuned to see different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum. It shows the area surrounding DR21 in shifting wavelengths of light, beginning with the visible and ending with the new Spitzer infrared observations...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Visible Light; What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC); What -- TRACE; What -- Sun
Downloads: 98
[movies]Star Formation in Henize 206 - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC-Caltech)
Starting with a wide view of the environment surrounding the Henize 206 star formation region, the animation moves in to the heart of the nebula. The view slides from visible light wavelengths to Infrared Array Camera wavelengths, spanning 3 to 8 microns. The colors of the image, which are false for infrared wavelengths, shift to include the Multiband Imaging Photometer image, now covering 3 to 24 microns...
Keywords: What -- Visible Light; What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
Downloads: 81
[movies]The Making of a Galactic Parallelogram - NASA/JPL-Caltech and A. Quillen (University of Rochester)
In this animation, the elliptical galaxy Centaurus A is seen through the eyes of three different telescopes. Initially, the movie zooms into a visible light picture showing how this galaxy is bisected by an unusual lane of dust, somewhat irregular in appearance. The view fades to reveal the false-colored, near-infrared view of this galaxy as seen by the Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS). In these longer wavelengths of light, much of the dust has become transparent, allowing us to see more of the...
Keywords: What -- Centaurus; What -- Visible Light
Downloads: 60
[movies]Herbig-Haro 46/47 - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC/Caltech)
This 18-second animation zooms in on Herbig-Haro 46/47 and its embedded protostar with molecular outflows. Spitzer/IRAC lifts the cosmic veil and transforms the dark and opaque cloud seen at visible light wavelengths to a spectacular view of a previously unseen protostar and its bipolar outflows.
Keywords: What -- Visible Light
Downloads: 34
[movies]The Launch of Spitzer - NASA/JPL-Caltech
Spitzer is portrayed here against an infrared sky.
Downloads: 13
[movies]Fade to Red - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
This animation shows the Andromeda galaxy, first as seen in visible light by the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, then as seen in infrared by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The visible-light image highlights the galaxy's population of about one trillion stars. The stars are so crammed into its core that this region blazes with bright starlight. In contrast, the false-colored Spitzer view reveals red waves of dust against a more tranquil sea of blue stars...
Keywords: What -- Andromeda; What -- Visible Light; What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC); What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Constellation; What -- Beam; What -- Earth
Downloads: 164
[movies]Composite Image - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC-Caltech)
The composite view of the supernova splits into its three components: blue-green for Chandra, yellow for Hubble, and red for Spitzer. Each observatory's full image is then shown for side-by-side comparison, beginning with Chandra, then Hubble, and finally Spitzer.
Downloads: 30
[movies]Who Ya Gonna Call? - NASA/JPL-Caltech
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is a galactic ghost buster, spotting hidden massive stars and other monsters lurking in our galaxy.
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope
Downloads: 45
[movies]Missing Host Galaxies Found in Infrared - NASA/JPL-Caltech/StScI
In a collaborative effort between NASA's three Great Observatories, astronomers have solved a cosmic mystery by identifying some of the oldest and most distant black holes. This animation fades between images taken by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer Space Telescope in the field known as the Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey, or GOODS. In the first picture, observations from Chandra show high-energy emissions believed to trace the presence of supermassiv...
Keywords: What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST); What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- TRACE; What -- Visible Light
Downloads: 45
[movies]How to Map a Very Faraway Planet - NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)
Scientists using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope were able to create the first-ever map of the surface of a planet beyond our solar system. The planet, a hot and cloudy gas giant called HD 189733b, is located 60 light-years from Earth in the constellation Vulpecula. It is so far away that even the best telescopes can't distinguish the light of the planet from that of its star. So how did astronomers see this planet's cloudy surface? They used Spitzer's infrared vision to observe the HD 189733 sys...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Earth; What -- Constellation; What -- Vulpecula; What -- Sun; What -- Visible Light
Downloads: 46
[movies]Icy Organics in Planet-Forming Discs - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC-Caltech)
Using the Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers are probing the chemistry of circumstellar discs, the dusty discs that surround stars, to understand the first moments in planetary life. Spitzer has turned its ultra-sensitive infrared spectrograph instrument toward five young stars in the constellation Taurus. These stars are still surrounded by thick, dusty discs -- relics of the gravitational collapse that formed them only a few million years ago...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Infrared Spectrograph (IRS); What -- Constellation; What -- Taurus
Downloads: 92
[movies]Distant Planet Flaunts its Light - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
This artist's animation shows a close-up view of a distant giant planet passing behind its star as a regular part of its orbit. By studying "secondary eclipses" like this in infrared light, astronomers can capture and study the direct light of known extrasolar planets. Though they cannot actually distinguish the planet from its star, they can detect changes in the system's total light. Why a secondary eclipse? When a planet transits, or passes in front of, its star, it partially blocks the light...
Keywords: What -- Visible Light; What -- Jupiter; What -- Sun; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope
Downloads: 63
[movies]A More Spectacular Sombrero (Widescreen Version) - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
This movie shifts from the well-known visible-light picture of Messier 104 taken by the Hubble Space Telescope to infrared views from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Messier 104 is commonly known as the Sombrero galaxy because in visible light, it resembles the broad-brimmed Mexican hat. However, in Spitzer's striking infrared view, the galaxy looks more like a "bull's eye." Viewed from Earth, the spiral galaxy is seen nearly edge-on, just six degrees away from its equatorial plane...
Keywords: What -- Visible Light; What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST); What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC); What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Earth; What -- Virgo; What -- Sun; What -- Advanced Camera for Surveys; What -- Moon; Where -- Sombrero Galaxy
Downloads: 75
[movies]The Launch of Spitzer - NASA/JPL-Caltech
Spitzer ejects its dust cover.
Downloads: 16
[image]A Slice of Orion - NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Megeath (University of Toledo)
This image composite shows a part of the Orion constellation surveyed by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The shape of the main image was designed by astronomers to roughly follow the shape of Orion cloud A, an enormous star-making factory containing about 1,800 young stars. This giant cloud includes the famous Orion nebula (bright circular area in "blade" part of hockey stick-shaped box at the bottom), which is visible to the naked eye on a clear, dark night as a fuzzy star in the hunter constel...
Keywords: What -- Orion; What -- Constellation; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Sun; What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
Downloads: 9
[image]Gorilla Black Hole in the Mist - NASA/JPL-Caltech/A. Martinez-Sansigre (Oxford University)
This false-color image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a distant galaxy (yellow) that houses a quasar, a super-massive black hole circled by a ring, or torus, of gas and dust. Spitzer's infrared eyes cut through the dust to find this hidden object, which appears to be a member of the long-sought population of missing quasars. The green and blue splotches are galaxies that do not hold quasars...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Very Large Array; Where -- New Mexico
Downloads: 8
[image]Luminous Blue Variable: Destined To Be a Supernova? - NASA/JPL-Caltech/N. Smith (UC Berkeley)
A Luminous Blue Variable star (inset) in our galaxy, named HD168625, surrounded by a bipolar nebula that is similar to the one around SN1987A. SN1987A was a supernova that exploded in 1987 in the Large Magellanic Cloud, and was the nearest supernova in about 400 years. The diagram explains the bipolar nebula around HD168625, which has a geometry that makes it a near twin of the famous nebula around SN1987A...
Keywords: What -- Earth; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC); What -- Constellation; What -- Sagittarius; Where -- Large Magellanic Cloud
Downloads: 5
[image]Once an Onion, Always an Onion - NASA/JPL-Caltech/L. Rudnick (Univ. of Minn.)
This artist's concept illustrates a massive star before and after it blew up in a cataclysmic "supernova" explosion. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence that this star -- the remains of which are named Cassiopeia A -- exploded with some degree of order, preserving chunks of its onion-like layers as it blasted apart. Cassiopeia A is located 10,000 light-years away in the constellation Cassiopeia...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Cassiopeia; What -- Constellation; What -- Sun; What -- Earth; What -- Visible Light
Downloads: 7
[image]Young Stars Emerge from Orion's Head - ASA/JPL-Caltech/D. Barrado y Navascu‘¯_s (LAEFF-INTA)
This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows infant stars "hatching" in the head of the hunter constellation, Orion. Astronomers suspect that shockwaves from a supernova explosion in Orion's head, nearly three million years ago, may have initiated this newfound birth. The region featured in this Spitzer image is called Barnard 30. It is located approximately 1,300 light-years away and sits on the right side of Orion's head, just north of the massive star Lambda Orionis...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Constellation; What -- Orion; What -- Earth; What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
Downloads: 5
[image]It's a Rocky World - NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)
This artist's concept show a massive asteroid belt in orbit around a star the same age and size as our Sun. Evidence for this possible belt was discovered by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope when it spotted warm dust around the star, presumably from asteroids smashing together. The view is from outside the belt, where planets like the one shown in the foreground, might possibly reside. A collision between two asteroids is depicted to the right...
Keywords: What -- Sun; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Constellation; What -- Puppis; What -- Venus; What -- Mars; What -- Jupiter; What -- Advanced Communication Technology Satellite (ACTS); What -- Saturn
Downloads: 17
[image]Brief History of the Universe - NASA/JPL-Caltech/A. Kashlinsky (GSFC)
This artist's timeline chronicles the history of the universe, from its explosive beginning to its mature, present-day state. Our universe began in a tremendous explosion known as the Big Bang about 13.7 billion years ago (left side of strip). Observations by NASA's Cosmic Background Explorer and Wilkinson Anisotropy Microwave Probe revealed microwave light from this very early epoch, about 400,000 years after the Big Bang, providing strong evidence that our universe did blast into existence...
Keywords: What -- Explorer; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Sun; What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST)
Downloads: 30
[image]Infrared Detective to the Rescue - NASA/JPL-Caltech/STScI
In a collaborative effort between NASA's three Great Observatories, astronomers have solved a cosmic mystery by identifying some of the oldest and most distant black holes. The two rows of this image show two patches of sky, both contained within the field known as the Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey, or GOODS. In the first column, observations from the Chandra X-ray Observatory show high-energy emissions believed to trace the presence of supermassive black holes, which power the bright ...
Keywords: What -- TRACE; What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST); What -- Visible Light; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope
Downloads: 6
[image]Birth of an Earth-like Planet - NASA/JPL-Caltech/ C. Lisse (Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory)
This artist's conception shows a binary-star, or two-star, system, called HD 113766, where astronomers suspect a rocky Earth-like planet is forming around one of the stars. At approximately 10 to 16 million years old, astronomers suspect this star is at just the right age for forming rocky planets. The system is located approximately 424 light-years away from Earth. The two yellow spots in the image represent the system's two stars...
Keywords: What -- Earth; What -- Mars; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- COMETS
Downloads: 11
[movies]The Evolution of a Planet-Forming Disk - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
This animation shows the evolution of a planet-forming disk around a star. Initially, the young disk is bright and thick with dust, providing raw materials for building planets. In the first 10 million years or so, gaps appear within the disk as newborn planets coalesce out of the dust, clearing out a path. In time, this planetary "debris disk" thins out as gravitational interactions with numerous planets slowly sweep away the dust...
Keywords: What -- COMETS; What -- Visible Light; What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST); What -- Spitzer Space Telescope
Downloads: 73
[movies]Hot, Dry, and Cloudy (Artist Concept) - NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)
This artist's concept animation shows a cloudy Jupiter-like planet that orbits very close to its fiery hot star. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope was recently used to capture spectra, or molecular fingerprints, of two "hot Jupiter" worlds like the one depicted here. This is the first time a spectrum has ever been obtained for an exoplanet, or a planet beyond our solar system. The ground-breaking observations were made with Spitzer's spectrograph, which pries apart infrared light into its basic wav...
Keywords: What -- Jupiter; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Visible Light; What -- Constellation; What -- Pegasus; What -- Vulpecula
Downloads: 62
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